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Friends-International

Thailande & Cambodge Thailand & Cambodia

Saving lives and building futures of the most marginalized children & youth, their families and communities in South East Asia and across the world.

Friends-International (Friends) offers holistic programs support to vulnerable children across the many challenges that they face, including abuse, sickness, drug abuse, social marginalization, exclusion from education and training, child labor, poverty and separation from family. Programs consist of a continuum of care in which beneficiaries access services adapted to individual needs and build gradually their capacity to the end result of reintegration into a stable family, stable education and/or employment or entrepreneurship.

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Introduction en Réalité Virtuelle

The Challenges

Les Challenges

About 24,000 children live on the streets of Cambodia
80% of child beggars in Thailand are from Cambodia
42% of street children in Thailand are working children
of which 23% are aged 0-5 (43% aged 6-14, 34% aged 15-18)

Key facts Éléments Clés

Age Range Âge ciblé 0 — 24 0 à 24 ans
Beneficiaries Bénéficiaires 24,155 24 155
Sectors Secteurs Economic Empowerment, Education Education, insertion socio-économique
Staff Personnel 350 350
Budget Budget $2,575,000 $2,575,000
Year established Lancement 1994 1994
(2017 data estimates) (Donnés;es estimées 2017)

Key Programs

Programmes principaux

Friends Programs

Friends works with children, families, dedicated teams and supporters to build quality services to ensure that marginalized children & youth become functional and productive citizens. The program uses a holistic cycle of projects to achieve the social integration of children, youth, their caretakers and communities. These projects are implemented both directly and in collaboration with local partners, and include: outreach for health, non-formal education, life-skills, education & prevention, recreational and cultural activities and referral services; public school reintegration; vocational training/job placement; transitional home; drug project for detox/rehab; income generation; and family reintegration projects.

ChildSafe Alliance

Friends-International leads the ChildSafe Alliance, a global network of NGOs and Government partners focusing on providing positive outcomes for marginalized children and youth. The Alliance allows Friends to coordinate with partners on initiatives, complement respective programs, avoid duplications and reach more beneficiaries. It is also a forum to share and replicate successful projects, approaches and models to improve overall impact and child-care standards in the sector.

ChildSafe Movement

The ChildSafe Movement works to spreads awareness on the risks faced by marginalized children through local and international campaigns and promotes the best practices embodied in the ChildSafe Tips. It also provides direct assistance to children in emergencies through its network of ChildSafe agents, key members of local communities identified and trained to recognize and effectively assist children in distress. These activities are complemented by the ChildSafe Hotline, a call service run by trained social workers who respond to reports of children in distress and take action to protect them 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

Friends Social Business

Friends provides vocational training for marginalized youth and their caretakers through training businesses. Friends social businesses aims at the highest social profit for the sustainable development of all individuals, families, communities and society, while ensuring the sustainability of the organization and reducing donor dependency. In Cambodia, Friends is running income-generating vocational training restaurants, beauty shop, mechanic shop, as well as fair trade gift shops.

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